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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2015

Origins Available: German, Scottish

Where did the Scottish Cassel family come from? When did the Cassel family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cassel family history?

From the historical and enchanting region of Scotland emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Cassel family. Originally, the Scottish people were known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted in Scotland is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. The surname Cassel is a local name, which belongs to the large category of hereditary surnames. There are many different types of local names. Topographic surnames could be given to a person who lived beside any physical feature, such as a hill, stream, church or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. In this case, the surname Cassel is topographical. The name Cassel was first recorded in England in Lincolnshire.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Cassell, Cassel, Cassells, Cassill, Cassills and others.

First found in Lincolnshire, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cassel research. Another 335 words(24 lines of text) covering the year 1439 is included under the topic Early Cassel History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 22 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cassel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Cassel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cassel Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Johannes Cassel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1686
  • Arnold Cassel, who settled in Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1691
  • Arnold Cassel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1691-1692

Cassel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Alexis Nicolas Cassel, who came to Louisiana in 1720
  • William Cassel, aged 20, landed in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Christian Cassel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1760

Cassel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Mr. Cassel, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • Patrick Cassel, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1846
  • Benjamin Cassel, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850

Cassel Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Edward Cassel, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

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  • Matt Cassel (b. 1982), American football quarterback
  • Seymour Joseph Cassel (b. 1935), American actor
  • Sir Ernest Joseph Cassel GCB, GCMG, GCVO, PC (1852-1921), German-born British merchant banker and capitalist
  • Karl Gustav Cassel (1866-1945), Swedish economist and professor of economics at Stockholm University
  • Jean-Pierre Cassel (1932-2007), French actor
  • Vincent Cassel (b. 1966), award-winning French actor probably best known to English-speaking audiences through his performances in the Ocean's trilogy


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